2004-06-25 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said


Years Ago...

Rockaways’ Playland cancelled its concert this week because of threatening weather, a spokesperson said, but others think an incident at the park the week before is responsible. The last concert drew such a large crowd that Playland managers feared chaos.

Announcements that the entire ocean side of Rockaway, including Jacob Riis Park, is approved for swimming were interrupted by a report that a Laurelton man had drowned on Beach 44 Street trying to save his son from the same fate. The son survived.

Opening Jamaica Bay’s eastern half to the ocean – an idea long supported by The Wave – was considered this month during a conference on the environment of Jamaica Bay, which attracted more than 200 people.

Three groups of real proposals were submitted in response to a Request for Proposals this spring for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Requests to the city’s Department of Housing Development and Preservation brought only the response that proposals were opened last week and are being evaluated, and this evaluation can take a long time.

What people who drive through Neponsit on Rockaway Beach Boulevard have been fearing has happened – a 16-year-old from Brooklyn tried to avoid a sewer dip near Beach 142 Street, lost control, crossed from the eastbound to the westbound lanes and struck a stone wall.

Playing at Surfside Twin Cinema: The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat "wax on, wax off" Morita and Conan the Destroyer, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Would you have been able to guess which one would become the governor of California?


Years Ago...

Wednesday evening fireworks will resume on July 3, followed the next day by a special Fourth of July display. As usual, the display will be fired from a barge to the stationed in the ocean off Rockaway’s Playland.

Representative Joseph Addabbo strongly criticized the Federal Aviation Administration for failing to implement a retrofit program on the nation’s airline fleet.The retrofit program is designed to produce quieter aircraft and reduce noise pollution in communities nearby airports such as John F. Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia Airport, both in Addabbo’s district.

When it came to voting for more taxes to balance the city’s budget last week, Councilman Walter Ward voted against the sales tax hike from seven to eight cents. He also opposed the $15 auto use tax and the 46.4 cents per $100 hike in real estate tax.

City officials and members of the board of directors of the Dayton Park cooperative have reached a tentative agreement in their rent hike dispute.


Years Ago...

Besides keeping out intruders, the brick wall around the Beach 75 Street yard of the Sewer Department also gives members of the crew some privacy when they take a sunbath during their time off.

Too bad the Mets lost both ends of their doubleheader at Shea Stadium last week when a great crowd was on hand in honor of our Borough President, "Lefty" Cariello, long-time summer resident of Neponsit.

Rivara’s marina is taking on some characteristics of a yacht club, including a tall signal mast. Makes oldtimers think of the Jamaica Bay Yacht Club, whose mast was a spar from Thomas Lipton’s first Americas Cup contender, the yacht Shamrock.

There’s a traffic detour around large section of Beach Channel drive in Belle Harbor. It means that long overdue repairs are being made to the drive and the bulkhead. Too bad it had to come during the summer months.

Borough President Cariello thinks the city should spell out its plans for Broad Channel. When and how are the residents going to be able to buy the ground on which they have built their homes and businesses?


Years Ago...

More than 5,000 members of the Queens County American Legion, including 1200 delegates and alternates along with musicians of 12 military bands will march in the American Legion parade marking the beginning of the two-day 36th annual convention ceremonies tomorrow night.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department won the Tournament Games Trophy at the first convention of the Volunteers Fireman’s Association of the City of New York held in Hamilton Beach.

The Arverne Auxiliary of Rockaway Beach Hospital installed officers at its annual dinner-dance in Bader’s Hotel, Arverne, with a large crowd attending.

Rockaway will have a joint council of civic organizations. The decision to form such a council was made at a meeting of representatives of local groups recently.

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